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david axelrod about that and whether it's time for the president to stop blaming george w. bush. also, one armed and very dangerous fugitive is captured in wyoming but another is still on the loose and may be gunning for new victims. we're following the prison break drama. and the bad economy is forcing more people to take early retirement, putting a serious strain on social security. some popular solutions could put your long-term plans and your benefits at risk. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama is in texas right now. it's almost 100 degrees but he may be feeling a november chill in the air. he is fighting to help democrats in the mid-term election now less than three months away. that's even more difficult when you're on george w. bush's turf and even some members of your own party don't necessarily want to be seen with you. our senior white house correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president in texas. ed, thanks very much. we heard the president invoke president bush's name a couple times last week saying some critical things about his
, david axelrod joins us live. august 5th, 2010. i'm chuck todd live in washington. >> good morning, i'm savannah guthrie live in chicago. let's get to the rundown and start here. the president is here as you know, chuck, to do democratic fund raising and tour a ford plant later this morning. this is part of the white house's effort to highlight what it calls a turnaround story in the auto industry. the president arrived early yesterday evening on his birthday. stopped by his house in hyde park and then a private dinner with friends and oprah and gayle king among the guests. today not one or two but three democratic fund-raisers and as we said, touring that ford assembly plant where they manufacture the 2011 ford explorer and adding 1,200 jobs. we know this is a story that the white house really wants to get out there. we have had a lot of trips -- >> that's right. >> certainly to detroit last week and chicago this week. they think it's good news story in this bleak economy and want to amp it up. >> not just about jobs but also about selling the idea that government can be part of a so
point, does the president cut david axelrod and some other people in the west wing loose to do what they did in 2008? >> i think next year he will see it some people leaving the white house and joining campaign staff. they cannot stay inside. they will have to go out there. i think axelrod will probably go out and take on a major campaign. >> new voices in the white house -- it is surprising that this white house duplicated one of the most obvious mistakes of the bush machinery, how insular it was. this white house has become the semi, partially because of the esprit they all have for from being in chicago together. they've not gotten the outside voices and the skepticism that they need. >> there is a fundamental issue. he won as a man of charisma. he is a very charismatic candidate. in a sense, giving a sense of promise that could never achieve to be opposed to racial, not possible in america to -- day. never achieve to be post-racial, not possible in america today. i think he is operating under difficult circumstances where he came in as this rock star and now he is president and
back. >> you don't think david axelrod is running the country -- >> i don't think anybody's running the country. >>> i'm candy crowley, and here are today's top stories. pakistani government officials tell cnn the death toll from recent floods is over 1,000 people. floodwaters have stranded another 30,000 on rooftops and other high places. rescue and recovery efforts are under way, but they've been hampered by damaged roads and bridges. >>> in iraq new government figures show july was the deadliest month in more than two years. 535 iraqis were killed. over 1,000 were wounded. heightening concerns about the country's security. the violence comes as iraq struggles to form a new government nearly five months after disputed parliamentary elections. those are your top stories. up next, more "fareed zakaria gps," and then on "reliable sources," howie kurtz looks at the story behind the wikileaks scandal. @ ♪ sing polly wolly doodle all the day ♪ ♪ hah @ >>> there are, of course, many other things to talk about in the world besides afghanistan and pakistan. back at home there's still
. >> okay. karen, you lived to david axelrod explain the president's position, but it appears the position is contradictory. the national organization for marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage. saying to the president, you've got to show your cards. has the president shown his cards? are you clear on where he stands? >> well, i understand what david axelrod was saying. i think there's maybe a better way to say it, dare i say that about the senior adviser tolt president. to me, what's at the heart of this position i think for a lot of people, regardless how you feel about same-sex marriage, there is a larger constitutional question at issue here. and that is separate-equal. we know from various rulings separate is not equal. we also know the 14th amendments of the constitution guarantee the equal protection under the law. proposition 8, frankly, denies, tries to say, separate is equal, and it denies equal protection under the law. i think that's where a lot of people sort of, again, regardless how you may feel about gay marriage, i think there's a lot of people who are very uncomfortabl
and joe sestak. i think they're hoping this is not an anomaly. david axelrod told me this is proof there is not going to be away the election. this election -- every election is specific to the state and district they are being run in. it is hopeful thinking. they do not want to see a wave election. if the trend holds true, it will be a rough november for democrats. >> i would agree with that. the president's approval rating is a big problem. he is down to about 43% in the gallup poll right now. when presidents are below 50% in the ratings, historically, they lose about 36 seats in the house. republicans need 40 seats to take back the majority. the president is facing disapproval ratings on almost every issue. that is a problem when he heads to the campaign trail. is a question -- it is a question for democrats whether they want him on the campaign trail or do not want him at all. >> the president is spending part of the weekend on the florida gulf coast. no independent photographers there. it is a white house photograph of him in the gulf coast. he is also going on vacation at the
at pennsylvania when they backed arlen specter. david axelrod told me there is no proof. the elections are specific to the district or state they are being run in. that is hopeful thinking on the part of democrats because they don't want to see a wave elections. it will be a tough election for democrats. >> i would agree with that. the president's approval rating is a big problem. he is down to about 43% in the gallup poll right now and gallup says that when presidents are below 50%, historically they lose about 36 seats in the house and of course, republicans need 40 seats in order to take back the majority. the president is facing disapproval ratings in every single issue and that is a problem when he heads on the campaign trail and a question for democrats whether they want him on the campaign trailor fundraising support or don't want his help at all. >> the president is speaking part of the weekend on the florida gulf coast. but no independent photographers -- it's a white house photograph of him in the gulf coast and the president going on vacation at the end of this month. what i
political opportunity for republicans, consider where president obama is on this issue. watch david axelrod trying to explain the president's position on msnbc this morning. watch this man being turned into a human pretzel right before your human eyes. >> the president opposed proposition 8 at the time. he felt it was divisive and mean spirited and opposed it at the time. we reiterated that position yesterday. the president does oppose same saex marria sex marriage but supports quality for gay and lesbian couples and benefits and other issues. that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control. he supports civil unions and have that's been his position throughout. nothing has changed. >> got that? so the line from the administration is that barack obama does not want gay people to be allowed to be married. but when gay people can be married and other people are trying to take away that right, like in california, he doesn't want the right to be taken away. but he's not in favor of that right in the first place. you got it? the president is against gay marriage but also against c
more of the talk from rahm emanuel, robert gibbs and david axelrod and others -- >> bret: if they are all still there. charles? >> this is utterly sincere and utterly correct. this is not political strategy. why would you alienate your base in the mid-term election which are always base elections? he is insere, but he is right about his left. this president has delivered more for liberalism in a year-and-a-half than any president in 50 years. he's given them national healthcare. he's given them heavy regulation on the finance. he gave them a trillion dollars to spend on every wish list the liberals have for 20 years. he has given them two appointments that the supreme court, each of which will gave quarter century of liberal opinions. bailed out unions in the auto takeover. he bailed out the teachers unions, just this week by supporting state and local governments. he has given them everything he could possibly do and they're whining about him? it's unbelievable. if i were gibbs i'd say in private, but i don't think it's any way strategy, this is exactly what he thinks. i
's a sign of real trust and respect, i think. >> i was struck by david axelrod, you quote him as talking about the add effect. you write that the whole town is kind of in the tlal in the grips of a.d.d., it's hard to keep anyone's attention focused on anything, and everything is judged through the prism of what this means for the election next november. >> milk dooefr and the others helped set that and they can drive that for two to three or four days. they are lucky if they get five hours on a single topic because the next day it is crowded off to something new emerged. >> it is interesting to see the president campaigning in texas in george w. bush territory. it will be interesting to see if he uses the themes going after george w. bush, which has been the theme of the campaign. >> it is funny, there's a real question about how well that will work, whether people want to think about fighting the last war or whether they are more concerned about what's in their pocketbook now, but he has work cut out for him. >> todd latham, great to see you. >>> coming up next, what the excuse of u.s.
this dumb side ha ha ha. the democratic leadership led the way and also david axelrod. he said the whole movement was unhealthy. i think they really opened the door for all of this. >> bill: a lot of the debates we had here about tea party and racism people pointed to signs that were held. now we find out that this guy allegedly is at the rand paul rally with a sign denigrating immigrants. this started nixon people. the dirty tricksters, they would send them around the country. this has been going on for a long time. never has there been a vehicle to carry the dirty tricks the way. >> right. >> bill: there is now on the internet. >> yeah. i mean this goes -- bill. >> bill: i'm thinking our whole political process could be subverted here. >> grover cleveland and andrew jackson. everybody is trading horrible rumor mongering. this is as old as time. the vehicle is different, bill. i would note this positive, perhaps, spin on it. is that, look, you know, you can also expose the fraud in the crowd with a flip video camera as with. he can make himself out to be this infiltrator and try to demo
. the remarks were disseminated a couple of hours before the dinner. by the next morning, david axelrod was calling in the press and saying everybody had gotten it wrong. the president wasn't supporting the mosque he was just supporting freedom of religion and wasn't taking a position. that is known as walking away from your position as quickly as you can. i think they are in something of a political panic about this. frankly, they hope it would go away. there's a fairly, i think, simple solution that david patterson as proposed, which is of not mosque. move it somewhere that everybody can agree on and maybe put state land in. it strikes 's the kind of compromise that makes so much sense everybody will almost certainly oppose it. >> liz: if they are interested in reconciliation, let's hope they do the right thing. >> that was my sense. >> liz: more with our great american panel, right after the break. [ male announcer ] we make them beautiful. ♪ we make them tougher. ♪ we make them legendary. we make them better... ♪ to make your life better. ♪ and we've never made one... ite li
for him he also got joe biden out on the stump for him. they've loaned david axelrod back to the gigi campaign to work for him and get him elected. >> sean: rezko and rahmbo never testified in blago's trial. how is it rezko, barack obama, joining property on the same day the anointed one pays below asking price, rezko pays full asking price. later rezko renters his lot unbillable selling off a portion of the lot to the obamas. that seems like, scratch my back i'll scratch your back. fair question? why hasn't the media touched it? >> they haven't touched it. you have to give credit i give plenty of credit to local chick media the tribune and the other chicago paper the sun times, has been hammering away at this for as long as barack obama has been in office and been endorsed by these people, taken all of their money. he's back in their hometown now and they continue to ask questions, not only about rezko and obama, but particularly about the broadway banks decision to give all of this money at a time when teetering to tony rezko, to mob bosses, to street loan dealers and folks who were
the devil was winning the discussion? >> in the first campaign we had powerful people like david axelrod, bob shrum and we had people who had decades of experience. they ran each and every one of them off. axelrod, he called him incompetent. whether you like him hearing is is not incompetent. >> when we come back from the break, we'll talk about what happened that led to this incredible fall from grace. it was a dramatic one and sudden one and one that caught the country off guard and did not exactly make the two of you ever so close to the edwards' family. with you there is a d'er lesson. we'll have more right after this. [ applause ] yellowbook has always been good for business. but these days you need more than the book. you need website develoent, 1-on-1 marketing advice, search-engine marketing, and direct mail. yellowbook's got all of that. yellowbook360's got a whole spectrum of tools. tools that are going to spark some real connections. visit yellowbook360.com and go beyond yellow. just don't feel like they used to. are you one of them? remember when you had more energy for 18 ho
and your state is a state he won, texas and georgia not. i want you to listen to what david axelrod told wolf blitzer a short time ago about democratic candidates. >> the politics for us has always been a little challenging in those states and these candidates have, they're running now and on the ballot and going to make the judgments they think are best for their campaigns and i'm totally fine with that. the president understands, understands that. >> but, floyd, david says he understands it and the president understands it. does it send any kind of message to perhaps to an undecided voter on the fence? >> well, the president is active in this primary because it's targeted completely to democrats. i think in the general election, it will be different. the vulnerability of the democrat senator whoever wins this nomination and there is a democratic incumbent congress person here, i'll be very surprised if the president is going to be a campaigning for them. i think they'll want to keep some distance. you're absolutely right, he is probably at a 43% popularity in the state. a little below
? >> in the first campaign we had powerful people like david axelrod, bob shrum and we had people who had decades of experience. they ran each and every one of them off. axelrod, he called him incompetent. whether you like him hearing is is not incompetent. >> when we come back from the break, we'll talk about what happened that led to this incredible fall from grace. it was a dramatic one and sudden one and one that caught the country off guard and did not exactly make the two of you ever so close to the edwards' family. with you there is a d'er lesson. we'll have more right after this. [ applause ] [ male announcer ] this is steven, a busy man. his day starts with his arthritis pain. that's breakfast with two pills. the morning is over, it's time for two more pills. the day marches on, back to more pills. and when he's finally home... but hang on -- just two aleve can keep arthritis pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is steven, who chose aleve and fewer pills for a day free of pain. and get the all day pain relief of aleve in liquid gels. >>> i'm julie banderas. iranian and r
to be the far left to barack obama, to david axelrod, to israeli jarrett, to rahm emanuel. and his position actually has caught fire in lots of quarters on the left. among democratic strategists right now the big idea is, you know what? he has been far too much about legislation, legislative victories what the obama white house says. have you been negotiating with conservative democrats, you you know, the republicans have just been off to the side the party of no one and obstruction. it's been negotiate with the right wing inside the democratic party. so the left democratic party now. >> laura: oh please. >> we know what your problem is. you are not sufficiently left wing. you didn't go to the public option. you sent troops to afghanistan. we don't think that you are a strong enough leftist. >> laura: politico watch this piece dems urge obama to take stand. in it obama has been the most activist president in decades. the philosophy behind legislative achievements remain muddy. in the eyes of supporters and skeptics. there is not such a thing as obamaism. like reaganesque what is it? >> i do
have been disappointed with the obama administration. you will have david axelrod on later and definitely want to ask him about this. >> ezra klein, let's bring you in. isn't the white house trying to be too clever if you ask barack obama, as he was asked on the 2008 campaign, do you support gay marriage, he will tell you no, i do not support gay marriage. doesn't seem to me that is threading the needle. it seems to me that's a pretty conservative position. >> yeah. but i think if you ask the people who supported barack obama and you said to them, do you believe that barack obama doesn't support gay marriage, they would universally tell you no. so i think that's actually the difficulty for the administration and that is a big part of the way they are threading this needle. on the one hand they feel they are able to signal to their base you know we're with you but until the country is there, we can't be there. on on the other hand, they sort of what that they think is the consensus position and put them into sharp relief because when you can't get it through the senate, ther
signed this into law. d democrated said that was propaganda. >>> david axelrod was on television trying to thread the needle on president obama's b position on same-sex marriage. >> the president does oppose same sex marriage, but he supports equality for guy and less by an c lesbian couples. >> does the president support states trying to go their own way on same-sex marriage? >> he does believe that marriage is an issue for the states. and he did oppose proposition 8. >> so they're trying to push him to commit. wiggling a bit. at some point is president obama going to have to come down and say, yes, i support same-sex marriage or, no, i don't? >> this thing starts to go to the supreme court, there's a lot of decisions that have to go into it. so i think at some point, yes, but i think it's also prudent for the time being while still working its way through the courts to let it work its because through. >> is this an issue that democrats can never win on? >> he's uncomfortable answering the question which is unfortunate matt because as a gay american, i'd hope they would say yes or no.
? or it never goes away. >> there's always angst. david axelrod called howard dean insane for wanting 0 kill the health care bill. the main problem here is there may potential for acrimony between robert gibbs and the left. he's establishing a narrative that a lot of people on the hill find frustrating. >> rahm emanuel, robert gibbs, who is more popular in the progressive blogosphere? >> oh, man, i'd have to do my own straw poll. >> who knows? >> eugene robinson, sam stein, eugene, i guess you have to pay your dues. >> yeah. >> sent down to tripoli. >> up next, the sad news that former senator ted stevens was killed last night in a plane crash in alaska. what is just -- how tragic it's been with so many politicians dying in a plane crash in alaska. we'll get into that with somebody who has covered ted stevens for years, nbc's andrea mitchell. we'll be right back. in calories. v8 juice gives you 3 of your 5 daily servings. it's a tasty, nutritious way to make this number go up... and help this one go down. v8. what's your number? save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance?really is hav
actually tried to send one of these to a friend of mine whose birthday is today that has david axelrod's picture on it. they won't let you play mischief on it. you have to put a real name or else they scan out nasty ones. >> i want to ask you to weigh in. there was a debate in the newsroom about whether it was mean for the first lady to go to spain with the obama daughter while the president was celebrating a birthday. i came down on the side of men don't really care about their birthday and it's number 49, not 50. >> i have a feeling she'll be in town for the 50th next year, right when he's gearing up for presidential election by the way. he's going to chicago. he's going to get to see some of his friends. maybe it's a good time for guys' night. >> guys' night. i don't think the president is allowed a guys night. the guys behind the camera are saying, yes, he is. do you guys care about your birthday? they are shrugging. they don't care. thank you for your time. >>> we've been talking about the decision on prop 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. we're looking for that decision this after
things down? >> temporarily. there's always going to be problems. david axelrod called in howard dean. the political world was in an up roar for a day. it went way. there may be a potential for acrimony between house democrats and robert gibbs. this is not the first missed statement. he said a couple weeks ago there was potential for them to lose the house. he's establishing a narrative that people are finding frustrating. >> who is more popular in the blogosphere these days? >> i don't know. i would have to do my own straw poll. >> you gene robinson, sam stein, thank you both. up next, the sad news that former senator ted stevens was killed last night in a plane crash in alaska. what is just -- how tragic it's been so w so many politicians dying in plane crashes with alaska. we'll get into that with somebody who has covered him for years, andrea mitchell. we'll be right back. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 what if every atm was free? tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no more $2, $3 fees. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 no more paying to access your own money. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 it'd be like every atm in the world was y
to rahm, you talk to david axelrod, and you seem to be buying into their argument in this piece that this wild and crazy media culture is undermining the administration. >> o'no, i don't think -- well, i think the wild and crazy media culture makes it very difficult for anybody, for this president, and it would apply equally to president bush, with the one exception of fox, which was not quite the same thorn in his side that it has been in obama's. but the thing that struck me about them, they don't really complain about it. they just note it. i mean, they say this is the way it is. axelrod said we can't put the genie back in the bottle of modern communications. their task, they realize, is to adapt to it and live within it. >> but the president has got the biggest megaphone. this president doesn't hold many news conferences but he's on tv every day, leno, letterman, he does "the view." >> and he's given all these interviews. >> so he can harness all the same forces as anybody else. and we constantly hear him talking about the 24/7 media culture and so forth, and i wonder if it
got a comment from david axelrod from them. i'm wondering if you got the sense that the administration, the obama administration is frustrated with the influence of the koch brothers, if they want there to be more public awareness of what they're doing. >> you know, i mean, i can't really speak for the white house. i get the feeling that they -- what they're frustrated about is that the tea party's been able to be portrayed through most of the media. not necessarily yours because you've done a terrific job on covering americans for prosperity. many places it's been considered a spontaneous uprising that came from nowhere. there is certainly for real anger out there in the country. what i think is frustrating for the white house from what i can see is that very few people have connected the dots to explain the corporate interests that are organizing a lot of it. and who are trying to exploit it in many ways, push their own agenda, organize people so that as you mentioned they will start rallying against things like cap and trade policy and energy. these are issues that are pretty abstru
asked, david axelrod clarified president obama's position. >> the president opposed proposition 8 at the time. he felt it was divisive and mean spirited. the president does oppose same-sex marriage but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples and benefits and other issues and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control. he supports civil unions. and that's been his position throughout. so nothing has -- nothing has changed. >> i'm sorry. i'm a simple country lawyer, norah. >> right. >> prop 8 wanted to outlaw same-sex marriage. david axelrod thinks that is mean spirited and then he says that barack obama opposes same-sex marriage. so the president of the united states yesterday, first, just called himself mean spirited. >> joe, i think, too, i tweeted this yesterday because i think you were asking a very good question. and we looked into the president's book audacity of hope in which he says he is open to the possibility he may have been misguided i believe was the word, and that he may be on the wrong side of history on this issue. which, you know, as
, but not for the very top easterners -- earners. david axelrod puts it this way, if they, meaning republicans want to block a tax cut for 98% of the people in order to preserve a $700 billion tax cut for the wealthiest 2% i'd say let's have that fight. i can't believe at the end of the day that they would do that. republicans already reacting saying, oh, they would. neil borg is a syndicated talk show host and my guest now. we've had mitch mcconnell come out and say, oh yeah we'll have that debate over how appropriate it is to essentially raise taxes in the middle of a rescission, but axelrod is saying you essentially are backing the rich, we are backing the middle class, that is not a position for republicans to be in going into the midterm elections, what say you? >> well, if the american public was educated on this, if they understood the finances here, who these rich people are, there wouldn't be a debate. we have somebody going out to look for a job today, and the person he's asking to hire him is one of these evil, nasty, disgusting reach people who -- rich people who earns over $250,000 a y
would be heard everywhere. >> this is completely overhyped. >> reporter: david axelrod defends them telling "the new york times," they're also human beings. >> you can't really have your cake here and eat it too. >> reporter: the bad pr comes at a time when the white house could use good news. we learned friday that we lost 131,000 jobs last month. the president's approval rating is at 41%, his lowest ever. and the forecast for the democrats in november is not good. the administration is hoping that the public shifts focus to the [ s' upcoming vacation. this weekend, the entire family heads to the gulf. for "good morning america," yunji de nies, abc news, the white house. >> for more, we're joined by our friend cokie roberts in washington. cokie, thanks for coming in this morning. you heard yunji saying the white house hopes this will blow over. they probably could have seen this criticism coming? >> sure she did. and they probably did and decided to go anyway. politically, it was not a smart move, but in the grand scheme of things, what real difference does it make? i would guess s
's been talked about that david axelrod will eventually leave the white house to go run the operation for the reelect in kpheu. so i think you will see a shift. we'll see how big, depending on the midterm elections. jenna: politico had even interesting report on their website today. when it comes to the president strategy moving into the back half of this year. they said obama has been the most activist president in decades. the philosophy behind his achievements remains muddy in the eyes of many supporters and skeptics alike. there is not yet such a thing as obamism. how do you think the administration can establish a more cohesive playbook? >> reporter: they may have big ticket speeches up their sleeves. we haven't really seen when he speaks out, the president speaks out that the needle moves that much, but they will try to tie everything together, i think, before the midterms, these different accomplishments and no matter where you stand politically they have managed to such through some big pieces of legislation. democrats argue that the white house has not effectively had a messa
by the white house individualsor, david axelrod was forced to articulate the president's highly nuanced view on this subject and was also confronted with a seemingly contradictory fact that the white house applauded that that, zone though president obama made it clear he had no problem with prole. >> -- prop eight. >> does the president support states going for same sex marriage, is it appropriate for states to ban it and other states to decide it's okay? >> he does believe that marriage is an issue for the states, and he did oppose proposition eight. >> reporter: in fact, in june 2008, then senator obama was asked point blank by abc's jake pappeer does it both you are or -- bother you what california is doing and florally, he said no. mr. obama's views on gay rights has developed over the years. i'm a a christian, he said, in a radio interview in 2004 when he was running for the u.s. senate and so although i try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue i do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctifie
house adviser. david axelrod was forced to articulate a new h-t obama's nuances on this and that the white house applauded the overturning of prop 8 even though president obama as a candidate made it clear that he had no problem with prop 8. >> does the president support states trying to go their own way on prop 8. >> he does believe marriage is an issue for the states and he did oppose proposition 8. >> reporter: not so fast. in june 2008 then senator obama was asked point-blank by abc newsess jake taper, kwoelt, does it bother you what california is doing, and he responded flatly and with no elaboration, no. then mr. obama's views on gay right issues have revolved over the years, he said i'm a christian when he was running for the u.s. senate. although i try not to have my religious beliefs nominate my views on this issue i do believe that tradition and my religion beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and woman. fast forward two years after that as he was gearing up for the presidential run. he wrote in the ahh today's a see of hope.
david axelrod as burgess meredith. >> our imagine got carried away. >>> primary battles happening across the country. this race in alaska. everybody paying close attention to at this point. unbelievable, joe miller just may pull you have an upset against lisa murkowski. other big races as well. >> big upsets. >> a lot to talk about. we'll have our political panel weighing in this just a few moments. 36 minutes after the hour. >>> welcome back to the most news in the morning. it was a primary night to remember and the night is still going on for some of the candidates out there from the biggest fight john mccain has had in a long time to a big tea party test up in alaska right now. joining us to break it down, senior political analyst for cnn, ed rollins and former cnn white house aide lisa caputo. ed, let's start with you. we picked up this tweet overnight from joe miller, the insurgent republican candidate in alaska running against lisa murkowski. what's the moose hunting like in the beltway? little presumptuous there. >> last time i looked there was a few moose shot in the past year. >
to be seen by his side. senior adviser david axelrod spoke to wolf blitzer about campaign politics yesterday in "the situation room." >> the candidates running now are on the ballot. they are going to make the judgments they think are best for their campaigns and i'm totally fine with that. the president understands that. >> this became an issue after gubernatorial nominees in texas and georgia decided to campaign somewhere else while the president was in town. >>> while the president was in texas yesterday, a dallas police officer in his motorcade crashed his motorcycle. he's said to be in good condition. doctors kept him hospitalized overnight for observation. the president was in texas for yesterday's big speech on education, university of texas and raise money for democratic candidates. >> jimmy johnson, former nfl head coach, current fox football analyst, is now a survivor. johnson will be part of this year's survivor nicaragua cast. he tried get on the show twice before. the last time he had a physical which showed he had two blocked arteries. he got a accident put in there and says th
, and david axelrod said it, and we anticipate some. -- we anticipate at some point that she will make some appearances. she is a mom and she has the focus on the importance of raising two children. we will get into that closer to november. >> the president has launched education reforms, and does this have anything to do with midterms? >> the president has spent a lot of time talking about education. sometimes when there is not a lot of back-and-forth, sometimes when there is not a lot of resistance and debates, an issue like that does not get much attention. i think the investments that the recovery act made in things like race to the top were forums to take banks out of the roles that they have traditionally played in student loans, they are all extremely important achievements for this administration, and the president will continue to talk about them, particularly as families get closer to sending their children back to school for the year. >> on the economy, 44 states are facing 2011 budget shortfalls. what is next? >> the next thing we would like to see the senate complete -- the hou
calls david axelrod a pretzel, that is a problem. bill: i think it was a human pretzel. >> a human pretzel. bill: mark and angela, thanks, good to have you on. juliet: we need those two in the studios, fireworks. get on it now, bill. she thought she was being a good samaritan, listen. >> i was asked to take my seat and then, about 15 minutes later i was basically forced to get off the plane, they basically grabbed my luggage and said, ma'am you need to come with us. juliet: she smelled something and sentence up a red flag and why she was booted from her flight for doing something write, cynthia angle joins us live. bill: i want to hear her story, the water and restaurants and why you don't have to pay rented. why this isn't all what it is cracked up to be. coming up. with aarp we can fly out to see family. ♪ and we canook out more with friends. my card lets me work out more. ♪ and ours lets us eat out more. aarp helps us do our favorite thing. the new website is my favorite thing. [ female announcer ] with aarp you get so much more out of life. discover the best of what's next
gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. the white house adviser david axelrod came out and said president obama opposes gay marriage but supports equality for gay and lesbian couples. he got 70% of the gay vote in 2008. is he going to have to reconsider his stance or revise his stance on this issue? >> well, if he feels that political imperative, he got through the election without changing that stance. he writes in his own memoirs he may be on the wrong side of history on this. neither he nor hillary clinton supported gay marriage, but they did support equal rights, and he opposed proposition 8 even though he respects the will of the voters. the president has really tried to straddle the line here and may get a lot more pressure from the left, already disappointed about some things, to catch up with history as this thing keeps moving. >> all right. tune in sunday morning, what am i going to see on your show, david? >> whether the crisis in the gulf is really over and what's ahead there, whether the moratorium should be reconsidered about oil drilling. and the man who w
everywhere. >> this is completely overhyped. >> reporter: david axelrod defends the trip telling "the new york times" "folks in the public eye are also human beings." >> it's out of balance. it's not a smart move. you can't really have your cake here and eat it too. >> reporter: the bad pr comes at a time when the white house could use some good news. we learned friday that the economy lost 131,000 jobs last month. the president's approval rating is at 41%, his lowest ever. and the forecast for the democrats in november is not good. the administration is hoping that the public shifts focus to the obamas' upcoming vacation. this weekend the entire family heads to the gulf. for "good morning america," yunji de nies, abc news, the white house. >> okay, and for more on this we're joined by our friend cokie roberts in washington and, cokie, thanks for coming in this morning. you heard yunji saying the white house hopes this is going to blow over. but they probably could have seen this criticism coming. sure they could have. and that they probably did. and they decided to go a
pointed david axelrod looks at the poll numbers and says we will need a bigger boat and things are falling apart for the white house and the democratic party in a way that was impossible to imagine 18 months ago. >> dave: generic ballot looks like good news for the republicans in november, but "newsweek" wrote a piece on friday that says maybe it will not be so bad for the democrats after all and here's why. they say because the president's approval rating according to them is 47%. that is not as bad as 2006, with president clinton. that is not as bad as 1994, with president clinton, 2006 with president bush, was in charge, because, in '06, the g.o.p. lost 30 seats and in the 1994 the democrats lost 52 seats, and might it not be as bad as some have estimated? because, the president is still personally popular? >> well, first of all, a couple of things to say about that. first of all, lots of things can change between now and november, i have to stipulate that and i don't put credence in "newsweek"'s analysis, they have carried more water than gunga-din for obama and stu rothenberg says the
a little more shrimp and spending time with the good folks who live there. >> yesterday, david axelrod said to you michelle obama would be hitting the campaign trail for november. is she picking candidates to support or is the west wing advising her? is her schedule set? >> the schedule is not set. it's not quite put together just yet. >> i wanted to take one more crack at the rangel ethics issue. it's clear from his remarks that he's feeling heat from members of the party and even though you have repeated the line about allowing the process to go forward, i wonder if you could give us an idea of what stance the white house has on other democrats trying to force him out. some say he's behaving selfishly and he thinks that members of the democratic party are also behaving selfishly in trying to force him out. what's the white house position on democrats putting pressure on democrats? >> i -- i know this is boring but i'm not going to be in the position of prejudging the outcome of this process or other people's actions. >> do you feel the process should go forward? do you feel that other dem
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